So often we get stuck in our routines. Having a routine isn’t bad in and of itself, but sometimes getting caught in the cycle of routine can limit us from fully enjoying our lives. It seems innocent enough to check our social media routinely or watch a TV series every week. While there’s no harm in a little downtime here and there, we tend to busy ourselves with so much work and electronic exposure that we forget about the world that is right in front of us. It is possible to turn routines into time better spent with intent.
The first step to using your time more productively is to determine what your intent is for each action you take. For example, when you take a shower, your intent is to clean up. Often, when surfing the internet or watching TV, we have no intent. Without intent, the activity is mindless. Apply some intent, even to the activities that seem undemanding, and you’ll notice a positive change in your life. Why not pick a TV show that friends or family may enjoy and have the intent to only watch it with them and then spend time talking about it afterward? Instead of just searching social media news feeds, go online with the intent to send someone a special message of encouragement, create an event where you can actually meet up, or make plans to attend a community gathering/ event.
When we choose to apply intent, we are really engaging with our hearts. The desires and passions within us are only brought to light when we take time to nurture them and drive them with consciousness. So take the time to assess why you do the things you do. You’ll quickly become self-aware about when you are simply going through the motions vs. when you are “living with intent.”